A Stand Against Racism: Grace Kelly & Josephine Baker

In 1951, the newly famous [Grace] Kelly took a bold stand against a racist incident involving Black American expatriate singer/dancer Josephine Baker, when Sherman Billingsley‘s Stork Club in New York refused Baker as a customer. Kelly, who was dining at the club when this happened, was so disgusted that she rushed over to Baker (whom she had never met), took her by the arm, and stormed out with her entire party, vowing never to return (and she never did). The two women became close friends after that night. A significant testament to their close friendship was made evident when Baker was near bankruptcy, and was offered a villa and financial assistance by Kelly (who by that time had become The Princess of Monaco) and her husband Rainier III of Monaco. The princess also encouraged Baker to return to performing and financed Baker’s triumphant comeback in 1975, attending the opening night’s performance. When Baker died, the Princess secured her burial in Monaco.

via Happy Birthday Grace Kelly | waldina.

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8 thoughts on “A Stand Against Racism: Grace Kelly & Josephine Baker

    • I’m not a devotee of her acting but these actions of hers easily trump everything else about her. I think she should be remembered for something like this rather than for marrying a prince or acting in Hollywood! But I guess it will still remain a little-known aspect of her life.

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